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September 5, 2009 at 11:44 PM

Everything in CONCACAF rounding into form

With the exception of Honduras, perhaps, which is the surprise leader of the World Cup qualifying group with 13 points with three games to play.
Mexico got a big win at Costa Rica and the U.S. handled its business against El Salvador. So even though Honduras and the U.S. are tied with 13 atop the group, Honduras has the edge in goal differential. Mexico has the goal differential edge over Costa Rica for the third spot in CONCACAF, and only the top three teams automatically qualify for the World Cup.
The fourth team has to play the fifth from South America for a World Cup berth.
The remaining schedule favors Costa Rica and Mexico, who only have one game remaining against one of the top four teams. The other two are against bottom-dwellers El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago. And Mexico has one big advantage over the other three atop the group — it has two more matches at home while the U.S., Costa Rica and Honduras have only one home match left.
Sounders FC, meanwhile, remains in the thick of the playoff chase, even though Colorado leapfrogged into third place in the West with its win over Toronto FC Saturday.
So as it stands going into this week, the playoffs would include, if started today,
1. Houston
2. Columbus
3. Los Angeles
4. Chicago
5. Colorado
6. Seattle
7. Real Salt Lake
8. New England
DC United and Chivas USA also have 33 points, as does RSL and New England. Sounders FC has 34 after getting the week off.

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